It’s time we got our priorities right

John Maguire says Corby needs to get its priorities right
John Maguire says Corby needs to get its priorities right

It is very disappointing that the Corby Urgent Care Centre has ended it extended opening hours of midnight instead of 8pm from March 31 with the excuse that this extension was only for the winter months.

I was at the centre with my grandson late evening a few weeks ago, when the weather was far from wintry, and the centre was very busy with a waiting time in excess of three hours.

Had the centre closed at 8pm that evening I would have had to take my grandson to Kettering accident and emergency department, which would have increased my travelling time by around 45 minutes and the waiting time would have been longer as they do not consistently meet the target of dealing with people within four hours.

Most if not all of the people I saw in the Corby Urgent Care Centre that evening would have ended up in the accident and emergency department in Kettering, putting more pressure on them.

I haven’t heard that our borough councillors, county councillors who represent Corby and our MP have protested.

I believe that Corby, a fast growing town, deserves better and it is time that our elected representatives stood up for us.

When I hear that the town may have not just one but two cinemas I ask the question: “Why can’t we get our priorities right?”



Corby needs a town museum

We seem to suddenly be, after years of to-ing and fro-ing, about to be blessed with our own cinema once again.

When will the town fathers make the effort like surrounding towns to get Corby its own dedicated museum?

Our heritage is well taken care of down the Old Village and the history of the steel works out at East Carlton Park but the Kiln finds, urns and coins, the First and Second World War artifacts the personal items of ever family in the borough are still scattered throughout the county or up on eBay.

Kettering is hosting its “What people collect” exhibition in its superb museum next to the library catering for its own townspeople’s needs.

When will Corby start to gather its history and artifacts together in one place to leave to future generations?

When will the Corby Museum see the light of day?



Can you help with Arthur’s story?

On May 13, 2010, you printed an article about a war veteran receiving an honour from the city of Beverwijk when it was liberated in May 1945.

I am researching my late father’s involvement in the Second World War and I have photos of him outside the town hall in Beverwijk on his motorbike with the then mayor.

He was a despatch rider with the 19 battery 56th heavy regiment and I am led to believe that he was in fact the first British soldier to enter the town.

Your article states that the town was liberated on May 4, 1945, but the photos I have claim it was liberated on May 8.

My father passed away many years ago but I would like to get more information on this special event.

Is it possible that the gentleman in your story, Sgt Arthur Warburton knew my father Ted Lawrence?

He always attended the regiment reunions at Bexhill each year.

I know one of his comrades was called Dennis Sloggett and Spike Milligan also attended. Perhaps Sgt Warburton knew Dennis?

My sister, who is also part of this research, has emailed the current mayor of Beverwijk to seek information but as yet has not received a reply.

I have also emailed the Imperial War Museum in the hope that they can help me.

I know I might be clutching at straws but your article was very interesting and it is obvious Sgt Warburton is very proud of his involvement in the liberation of Beverwijk and the city recognised that fact by bestowing him with this honour.

If anyone can put me in touch with him I would be very grateful.



We need to be in Europe for jobs

I have never read a letter from elected politicians that was so vacuous and so full of nescient equivication as that published in Your View from UKIP on March 27.

There is no issue with benefit tourism from EU migrants.

Despite being asked for evidence the UK has failed to produce any.

Latest research published by University College London states that since 2000 migrants from the EU paid a third more in tax than they cost in extra spending on public services and benefits.

The OECD, CBI and Goldman Sachs International all conclude that for economic reasons it is in Britains interest to remain within the EU.

If negotiations between the EU and the US conclude an agreement known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership the UK economy could benefit by £10bn per annum.

Nissan and Ford have both stated that if the UK left the EU they would reconsider any future investment.

Nissan has said: “Threats to British involvement in the EU are threats to British business.”

UKIP is correct to state that jobs depend on trade but selling products into a market is a matter of price.

If labour costs rise so does inflation and unit cost making products uncompetitive and with the extra cost of not being part of a free trade area just how does UKIP propose the UK could compete with other EU countries let alone Asia?

If there is a genuine problem of low wages in this country the minimum wage should be adjusted upwards.

The main problem with the Euro is that after economic inegration political union failed to follow.

The Eurozone will reform and become closer so that the system will function more like the US.

Yes, Mr Clark and Mr Helmer we do need the EU for jobs,to argue otherwise displays economic ignorance of breathtaking magnitude.


Barton Seagrave

Time to take fuel poverty seriously

The soaring price of energy is affecting everyone, and the hardest hit are the poorest, who cannot afford to turn on the heating.

If we continue to rely on fossil fuels, bills are likely to rise in the long term as coal, oil and gas become more expensive and renewable technology gets cheaper.

Fossil fuels are also driving climate change and polluting people’s land, especially in developing countries.

Yet the big UK banks continue to pour billions of pounds into new coal, oil and gas projects around the world, and the Government is doing nothing to stop them.

Perhaps this is not surprising.

Research by the World Development Movement shows that a third of ministers in the coalition government have personal links to either the big fossil fuel companies or the finance companies that bankroll them.

We need a Government that takes both fuel poverty and climate change seriously, not one that puts the profits of big companies before all else.


Higham Ferrers

New pound coin needs some thrift

I note with interest that the new £1 coin will have 12 sides like the old threepenny bit.

It would be a sound idea if the reverse side of the new coin had the same symbol on it like that of its predecessor, the sea pink plant commonly known as thrift.

Good advice these days especially when the Chancellor of the Exchequer wants us to sell off the family silver, alias the pension funds, to stimulate the national economy.


Barton Seagrave

Potholes should be a priority

If you go down Lloyds Road in Corby you will see that the county council has done a great job of laying new pavements, pedestrian ramps for prams and trolleys, and a new island at the entrance of Howards lane which as has not been used for 20 years.

But sadly the roundabout at the top of the road which goes to Asda is full of pot holes making it very dangerous.

Forthe county council this is not a priority.